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Capercaillie Sings his Love Song
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Capercaillie Sings his Love Song 1985

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This etching was for Bellany’s second wife, Juliet. However, the same year it was made Juliet died. The following year, Bellany created another etching, this time titled ‘Capercaillie Sings its Lament’ a melancholic lament over Juliet’s death. The contrast between the two is striking. This work is jovial with the artist depicting himself as a capercaillie playing the piano, with a glass of wine and cigarette perched on top. The panel down the right hand side, a device Bellany was employing in his paintings, shows a portrait of Juliet. This etching belongs to a series of prints that principally belong to the period from 1982-6. It demonstrates a bolder, more definitive line than his earlier etchings.

Glossary Open


A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.



  • Acc. No. GMA 2997
  • Medium Etching on paper (5/25)
  • Size 16.80 x 24.50 cm (paper 31.50 x 45.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1986